Tuesday, July 20, 2021

A Beautiful Woodland Wedding and A Handmade Wedding Card

We had the wonderful pleasure of attending our oldest and dearest friend's daughter's wedding last June.  They live in the greater Milwaukee area, but decided to have their wedding not too far from our home because they loved the woodland setting for their wedding ceremony.  It was a great advantage for us because we didn't even need to get a hotel.

The beautiful bride and her handsome husband were married at Burlap and Bells in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.  Burlap and Bells offers three outdoor wedding spaces:  Vine Chapel,  Cliff Top, and Tree Grove.  You can read and see pictures of each space on the Burlap and Bells website.  The wedding we attended was held at Tree Grove so this post will talk all about that wedding space.

Having a wedding in Tree Grove was so enchanting.  There is a long, grassy, tree lined path from the road to the actual ceremony.

Tiki torches line the path to ward off mosquitoes and perhaps light the way for wedding held at night.

Tall pines filter the sun.   Benches fill in amongst the tall pines.  A rustic arch is in the center front.

They did have a sound system, so everyone was heard.  I know in a lot of outdoor weddings, there is no sound system and it can be difficult to hear what people are saying.  The bride's aunt played the music for the wedding.

The bride looked like a princess in her beautiful gown.  I really loved the bridesmaids dresses too.  The color and style was so elegant and flattering on all of them.

This handsome young man is the bride's brother.

And this beautiful and elegant lady, is one our dearest friends, the bride's mom.

We are also related to these two cuties.  We call them "cousins" though, technically I'm not sure if that's what they are.  Perhaps someone who knows more about ancestry can tell me.  They are my husband's grandmother's sister's great great grandchildren.  It hurts my brain just trying to figure it out.

We had a lot of fun taking a short wagon ride from the parking lot to the wedding ceremony area.  I wore a gorgeous maxi dress from Stitch Fix.  It was such a hot, humid day, so the dress was perfect!

This is my husband and the bride's father.  They met in high school and have been best friend's ever since. It's so wonderful to reach this age and see our children all grown up, getting married, and having babies of their own.

And here I am with the beautiful mother-of-the-bride.  I didn't meet her in high school, but I met her when my husband and I got engaged and we've been friends ever since.

The reception was held at a covered pavilion.  It is lit entirely by bistro lights and is filled with a mixture of rustic tables and mismatched chairs.

I loved the bride and grooms over sized chairs.  The table was graced with long, green garland and there was a green hoop behind the chairs.  A "Mr & Mrs" sign sat on the the floor in front of the couple with a white floral arrangement in front of it.

White candles placed on log rings completed the wedding table look.

The pavilion is open to the outside.  Each opening has long white curtains and sliding barn doors on each end.

The rustic tables and chairs were decorated with a long, white lace runner and topped with greenery, baby's breath, candles, a log ring and a cute sentimental wooden sign.

The dessert table held a welcome sign and two log tiered trays filled with a cupcake assortment.

Beautiful white flowers graced the base of the cupcake tiers.

There was a small cake just for the Bride and Groom to enjoy.  It had simple white frosting with fresh flowers placed on it.

A oval sign placed near the dessert table.

A very touching and sentimental Remembrance Table was placed in the corner of the reception area.   It held photographs of all the loved ones of the Bride and Groom who had passed on and could not be there to celebrate the day.

I thought the sign placed on the table was so sweet.

This gold hoop was placed in front of the DJ area.

Here is the outside of the covered pavilion.  The dance area looks out over an open field and is lit by bistro lights.

The Bride & Groom having their first dance.

And here I am, giddy with excitement because I'm about to enjoy my SECOND cupcake.  My husband doesn't really care for cupcakes, so I got his too!

I did make them a handmade card but it ended up being a disaster because it was so thick it wouldn't fit in their card box.  I've never had this happen at a wedding before, and it was so embarrassing!  They chose a card box that only had a sliver sized opening, so when I tried to put the card in, it just got completely crushed, and it still wouldn't go in.  I finally just had to hand to the father of the bride and he put it in his coat pocket.  

I thought because it wasn't going through the mail, I could go all out on the embellishments, but I guess I was wrong.  Anyhow, here's the card.  I'm sure you can tell by looking at it why it wouldn't fit in their card  box.  I hope it wasn't too badly damaged by the time the Bride and Groom received it.

To make the card, I used ornate wedding paper for both the background and the heart.  I cut the heart out with Spellbinder's Nestabilities, then popped it up on dimensionals.  Lots of paper and ribbon flowers were added, plus a crochet butterfly and some pearl ribbon....all stuff from my stash.  I just kept playing with the arrangement till I got the look I wanted.

The sentiment was stamped and gold embossed then cut out with a MFT die.  There is also a border of metallic gold paper before it's adhered to a card base.  It's one of those cards that is much prettier in real life and very hard to photograph.  All the white tends to wash it out.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this beautiful wedding today!  

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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  1. What a beautiful wedding. You look lovely. So sweet that you handmade the card.

  2. Magical wedding in a fairy tale setting. Love that your dress followed the green palette of the attendents' dresses. What a beautiful card you created. That butterfly!!

    1. Thank you Leslie! It was a total coincidence that my dress was the same color palette as the attendants. I had no idea what the color scheme was.

  3. What a beautiful wedding! Your card is gorgeous; even if it wouldn't fit in the box.

  4. Congratulations to the beautiful bride and handsome groom! Their wedding looked so magical and dreamy. A day to remember! I also love the card you made. You are very talented Amy - great job on this.

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

  5. Gosh, what a gorgeous venue for a wedding!! Even thought I'm not an outdoor girl, I would love to get married here.
    You are so talented making cards Amy. It's absolutely beautiful. I hope it survived!!

    1. It was such a beautiful place to get married!

  6. What a pretty place for a wedding, the card was really nice! Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Link Party 30. Pinned!

  7. What a beautiful wedding! I love all of the decor and details they thought of!

  8. What a beautiful place, it's like a fairy tale, I love your card so gorgeous and full of love, it's been a long while since i last felt inspired to make a card for anybody. So pleased you all had such a perfect day x

    1. It certainly was a fairy tale wedding! Thanks so much.

  9. A beautiful wedding. I love that card. Happy Friday.

  10. What a beautiful place for a wedding! I really like the rustic vibe and the woodland atmosphere. Everyone looks spectacular. I really like your green maxi dress! So beautiful! I did have a good laugh about your "husband's grandmother's sister's great great grandchildren." It kind of hurt my brain, too, trying to comprehend it! Thanks for sharing and linking with me, Amy!


    1. Yes, it was a gorgeous wedding! I'm glad trying to figure out the geneology is taxing on someone else too.

  11. What a beautiful wedding setting. Your card is absolutely gorgeous!


  12. Such a beautiful wedding and adorable card. Very creative :)

    Thanks for linking up to The Wednesday Link Up


  13. Looking nice and what a nice place to have a wedding.

  14. Amy, what a stunning card and beautiful wedding!
    Thank you SO much for sharing your creativity at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy.
    Congrats for being a Featured Guest at our party this week! #498 :-)


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